Kenya has signed bilateral cultural protocols/agreements with friendly nations which provide the framework through which cultural exchange programmes are implemented. In the last four years Kenya has implemented cultural exchanges involving individual artists, cultural groups, cultural experts/professionals and public officials. The cultural exchange opportunities have been provided through the foreign missions working in Kenya with the objective of enhancement of market access for Kenyan cultural goods and services, participation at international cultural festivals and transfer of skills for cultural creatives. Public officials have benefited from direct sponsorships to attend and participate in trainings and capacity building on best practices.
In September 2019 Kenya participated at the 4th edition of Jumuhia ya Afrika Mashariki Festival (JAMAFEST) held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania where all the EAC Partner States participated to celebrate and showcase the diversities of cultural expressions for the East African people.
Two Kenyan visual artists benefited from a training programme on "The Art of Inventing Wood and Furniture Industries" from 1st - 12th September, 2019. The programme was organized by The Egyptian Helwan University, Faculty of Applied Art. The training took place in Cairo, Egypt.
In April 2018, Kenyan artists participated in the First "Belt and Road" Afro-Sino Art Exchange Exhibition and Afro-Sino Culture Forum held in China. Kenyan visual artists were afforded an opportunity to exhibit their artworks.
Kenya held a cultural exchange with South Africa between 25th February to 2nd March 2019 whereby 50 artists from South Africa held cultural performances at the Kenya Cultural Centre during the South African week. 175 Kenyan artists also participated in the cultural exchange. The South Africa Cultural seasons in Kenya was aimed at cementing and deepening the relations between the peoples of the two countries as well as promoting regional integration and expanding markets for cultural goods and services.
Funded from exchequer
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South African Embassy in Kenya
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Kenya Cultural Centre
National Museums of Kenya